As the anticipation builds for the Champions League final, Chelsea Football Club is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to secure Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana. Recent reports suggest that the Blues have reached an agreement on personal terms with the talented shot-stopper ahead of tonight’s UEFA Champions League final. With Mauricio Pochettino eyeing a new number one, Chelsea has identified Onana as their primary target.
The uncertain futures of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy at Stamford Bridge have prompted Pochettino to search for a new goalkeeper. Having closely monitored Onana for some time, Chelsea has been thoroughly impressed with his performances for Inter Milan. The 27-year-old has been instrumental in I Nerazzurri’s journey to the Champions League final, keeping an impressive eight clean sheets in 12 games, the highest tally this season.
The final decision regarding Onana’s future will be made after tonight’s clash against Manchester City in Istanbul. According to reports, Chelsea has already scheduled a meeting with Inter in the upcoming weeks, with discussions about the goalkeeper’s potential transfer topping the agenda. Initially, there were rumors about Chelsea’s interest in AC Milan’s Mike Maignan. However, TuttoMercatoWeb has now revealed that Onana has, in principle, agreed to personal terms with Chelsea.
However, the Italian report also states that Inter has rejected an opening bid of €40 million (£34m), falling significantly short of the goalkeeper’s valuation by £18 million. Matt Law from The Telegraph claims that the Serie A side is demanding €60 million (£52m) for Onana’s services this summer, leaving Todd Boehly and Chelsea with a considerable gap to bridge.
Chelsea has several options to explore in negotiations with Inter. The inclusion of Romelu Lukaku, who has previously expressed his affection for the club, is one possibility. Another player on Inter’s radar is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Thankfully for Chelsea, the report from Italy suggests that Onana “would like to join the Premier League team,” which adds significance to the scheduled meeting between the two clubs. The outcome of these discussions will undoubtedly have a major impact on Chelsea’s pursuit of the talented goalkeeper.
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